Actor Michael Jai Whiteâ€˜s 38-year-old son has lost his battle with Covid-19.
The â€œBlack Dynamiteâ€ and â€œSpawnâ€ star, who was just 15 when he became a first-time dad, has opened up about the recent tragedy in a new Vlad TV interview.
He revealed his son had a compromised immune system due to substance abuse and wasnâ€™t vaccinated from the coronavirus.
â€œHe was in the hospital for a while, so it [death] wasnâ€™t immediate,â€ White said. â€œUnfortunately, he was still like kinda out there in the streets, hustling. He wasnâ€™t doing well. He started getting on substances. Heâ€™d come out, go back in, all that stuff.â€
â€œHe never shook the streets. That was his thingâ€¦ He lived the life he wanted to liveâ€¦ and COVID was waiting for him. That was the knockout blow.â€
During the chat, the â€œArrowâ€ actor claimed to have tried to help his son. Still, he noted, â€œUltimately, itâ€™s up to that person, especially if somebodyâ€™s a grown person.â€
White is also a dad to Morgan, his daughter from his six-year marriage to Courtney Chatham, and he has three children with his current wife, Gillian Iliana Waters. His late son, in the meantime, was a father of six.
Family aside, White has previously talked about his relationship with wife Waters.
In an interview for Essence magazine, he admitted, â€œthere was a time when I thought relationships had to be drama and everything took work. I think I realized with Gillian that there was a path of least resistance I always should have taken.â€
â€œYouâ€™re lucky to have friends who donâ€™t require much labour because your chemistry just works, the 53-year-old actor went on elaborating. Thatâ€™s a blessing, and you donâ€™t get too many of those. I realized thatâ€™s what I had with her.â€